Worcester City and County Banking Company records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of Worcester City and County Banking Company relating to its establishment and operation, including:

  • Establishment (1837-1843): correspondence and reports;
  • Operation (1864-1895): minute books and annual reports;
  • Amalgamation (1864-1903): correspondence and agreements.

Administrative / Biographical History

Foundation

This joint-stock bank was formed in 1840 in Worcester where banking was dominated by strong private banks.

Expansion

It expanded cautiously and by 1857 had only one branch. Limited liability was acquired in 1865. Rapid expansion then followed and, by 1889, 24 branches had opened, all within a 30 mile radius of Worcester. Customers were involved predominantly in agriculture and minor local industries. Ludlow & Tenbury Banking Co. (est. 1840) was absorbed in 1864, followed in 1876 by Parsons & Co. (est. 1837) of Presteigne.

Takeover

In 1889, the bank merged with Lloyds.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is by appointment only, and at the discretion of the Archivist. Please e-mail archives@lloydsbanking.com for further information.

Other Finding Aids

Item level catalogue available - please e-mail archives@lloydsbanking.com for further details.